I am stingy with five-star recommendations: Puppy Culture deserves five stars – or more. The wonders of Puppy Culture - everything contentwise, everything visual, everything style-wise, simply everything. Puppy Culture is simply amazing.
Author Jane Killion, with signature pony tail and baseball cap, has done an excellent job – informative in covering best practices for raising puppies from prenatal to 12 weeks, entertaining in that the stars – bull terrier puppies - are, in a word, simply adorable.
Take notes on this four-DVD series. You cannot watch it all at once – so, thank goodness, when your mind tends to slow down after incorporating enough super-material in one setting, you will be rejuvenated by watching the delightful puppies as they grow up before your eyes. I would not be surprised if you watch the DVD at times just for entertainment and to get your puppy-fix! You just want to cuddle them! Or watch them sleep.
Experts featured in Puppy Culture, besides Killion herself, include a veterinarian, a puppy evaluator, the highly respected Jean Donaldson, veterinary behaviorists, a veterinary neurologist, and breeders – virtually a Who’s Who in the Dog World.
How Killion managed to get so many of the very best people in the dog world, I have no idea. Might it be because Killion herself is so talented in dealing with dogs as well as people?
Topics include socialization, early neural stimulation, developmental stages, and puppy training. Yes, training puppies – they soak it all up: you can’t not train a puppy.
Goat’s milk? The Communication Trilogy? Feeding raw? The startle reflex? 50 Lessons in Puppy Living!
Killion wrote the sleeper 2007 book When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs. Killion is a bull terrier breeder with years of experience. Killion is a dog trainer extraordinaire. Killion is an expert in dog agility circles as well as conformation, rally and obedience. Killion is a gem. Killion is not to be missed! As a matter of fact, I am considering driving four hours just to meet her.
Puppy Culture is more than five hours of video expertise, professionally photographed. It has made this reviewer’s list of Top Ten Dog Books of All Time. Yes, a DVD can be a book, but a book with pictures – moving pictures and a book you listen to AND watch rather than just look at.
Included in the set is a viewing guide with each disc’s titles, subtitles, presenters, and times so you can go directly to the topic you need.
An excellent script comes across as being natural conversation – not too much information, not too little. Short sentences with plenty of visuals appropriate to the words almost like a slow-paced music video but with the visuals melting in to each other at just the right speed so you can also grasp the cuteness of the pups.
Killion knows puppies, heat-seeking milk missiles, and has observed them and their growth and behavior for years. She passes that knowledge on, never giving too much information to absorb.
Well worth it! -Skye Anderson Dog Evals www.dogevals.com
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior review “Sometimes life brings delightful surprises and I can’t wait to share one that recently arrived, beautifully packed in my mail. The five DVD set, “Puppy Culture” by Jane Killion, turned out to be not only entertaining but also, extremely informative and a high quality professional presentation. Even better, the set turned out to offer the rare opportunity to share something that can change the world.Before you watch this wonderful film, grab a tissue and get comfortable because there are parts that will tug at your heartstrings. The film manages to capture that special emotional relationship we have with our dogs and illustrates it for those that haven’t had the pleasure first hand. Even those who are well-educated and work professionally with dogs, will find the DVD’s fascinating and may quickly realize, as I did, that we can use them in our work with clients. As compelling to watch them from beginning to end for over 5 hours of exceptional content, they are also structured in pieces that can be enjoyed individually in well-labeled, short segments. Many are only 5-15 minutes long. This allows for use during an appointment. I can offer a short viewing which can educate with support from scientific evidence. Adding to the credibility, evidence is presented by impressive contributors including board certified veterinary behaviorists and other highly regarded behavior professionals including Dr. Meghan Herron, Dr. Carmen Battaglia, Jean Donaldson and others. These professionals, along with testimonials from owners, make a powerful emotional impact and quickly help viewers understand how their dog learns and how they, as owners and handlers, contribute to their dog’s behavior. Just as useful, breeders, dog sports enthusiasts and others will find a wealth of information on best practices to use with their puppies and help them understand the behavior of adult dogs.I highly recommend this DVD set for anyone who owns, breeds or works with dogs on any level.” -Carolyn Lincoln, DVM, Owner of Play To Behave LLC, Veterinary Behavior Counseling, www.playtobehave.com
"There are as many opinions on how to raise puppies as there are breeders. But, overall, there are those who get it right and those who do not. Jane Killion gets it right. She takes us on a wonderful journey from whelping to placement of one extraordinary litter of Bull Terriers. She uses this group to highlight the effect of genetics, pre-natal influences, socialization and training on the development of puppies during these critical stages of life. Jane also brings on board a stable of other professionals whose expertise add to Jane's message. And that message is that every puppy should have the ability to reach is potential through exposure to patience, passion and love. Where punishment isn't the norm and where reward rules. In the ideal world every breeder and new puppy owner would watch Puppy Culture." -John Ciribassi DVM, DACVB Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants
“Puppy Culture is a fantastic, comprehensive resource for breeders, puppyraisers and puppy owners. The set of 4 DVDs is an in depth look at how to raise a puppy during the first 12 weeks of life. I am not aware of any other book, video or DVD which addresses how to rear a puppy during this period as extensively and accessibly as Puppy Culture. Puppy Culture is an invaluable asset in raising a puppy to be the best that they can be. It basically guides breeders step by step as to what can be done with and for their puppies at each point in their development to ensure the best possible outcome for the puppy. It's a "how to" on raising a confident, happy puppy that seeks out enrichment opportunities. The DVDs are a primer on everything from early neurological stimulation to how to safely socialize puppies to how to prevent problems such as resource guarding. Puppy Culture also contains great information for new puppy owners as to how to set up socialization sessions, picking a puppy kindergarten class, balancing exercise and rest, teaching basic skills such as sitting for greeting, etc. Based on scientific research as well as extensive hands on experience, Puppy Culture artfully weaves expert interviews with icons as Dr. Carmen Battaglia and Jean Donaldson along with videos that follow one litter through the first weeks of their life and beyond. The DVDs are fun to watch, and will surely be a resource that breeders and puppy raisers will want to refer to and view again and again. I can't recommend Puppy Culture enough!” -Stacey LaForge, Zodi Tibetan Terriers
“This DVD set is pure gold, people!” - Britta Lerve, VonAnhalt German Shepherds
In Puppy Culture, Jane Killion has done the very important work of teaching and explaining what your puppy needs physically and emotionally before they even need it. Many good dogs end up in shelters or even euthanized because unintentional training mistakes were made in their first months. Without knowing where to find help, their people give up on them. I believe that watching Puppy Culture is one of the most important steps breeders and owners can take to insure their dogs can live well in this world.When it comes to unwanted dog behaviors I like to use the analogy of a long string. Every time something goes wrong, or doesn't get trained well... or at all, you get a knot in your string. Over time the string might be usable with a few knots in it but sometimes there are so many knots that you cant use the string anymore. I’m one of those people that folks call when their dog has a lot of knots in their string. We have also re-homed many dogs and then stand by to spend countless hours on the phone trying to help people untangle their dog’s string. Sometimes you can work the knots out but it does take time, consistency and determination. So now you can watch Puppy Culture and never get a knot in your dogs string! That makes me very happy! -Melanie Whitehair - Sandstone Bull Terriers and Former Rescue Chair for the Bull Terrier Club of America
WHAT A GREAT INVESTMENT!! There are lots of resources available for people bringing home a new puppy, whether the pup is comes from a reputable breeder, a shelter or rescue. But there has been a real shortage of science-based, best-practices information for anyone (reputable breeder, foster or rescue) caring for a litter of puppies from before birth until they go to their new homes. This DVD collection brings together wonderful information, clearly explained and illustrated. With the ADDED ADVANTAGE of bull terrier puppy footage! As a Certified Training Partner for the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Behavior and Training, and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, I have to congratulate Jane Killion on a wonderful production that will provide tremendous benefit to dogs and their humans. -Cindy Bennett Martin, Certified Training Partner, Karen Pryor Academy and member, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
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